“Like Somebody Had Died”: Immanuel Quickley Reveals Knicks Locker Room Vibe With His “Brother” After Heartbreaking Trade

Published 01/11/2024, 3:35 PM EST

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Loyalty is a two-way street for franchises and players in the NBA. Frequently in the league, we have seen players get traded overnight without even knowing about it. However, one would have to concede that the league is primarily a business, especially in the modern era where it’s rare to retire in the team one was drafted in.

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More recently, the New York Knicks traded RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley to the Toronto Raptors for OJ OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn. In a heartfelt letter to his former team, Quickley opens up about the vibe of getting traded by the Knicks.

Immanuel Quickley opens up about his trade ‘heartbreak’

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In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), Quickley shared his open letter with the caption, “These things move so fast, it’s crazy that I’m already on the road with my new family. But it wouldn’t be right to leave without saying a little something just to let y’all know that the love is mutual. Thank you, New York.”

In the open letter 24-year-old describes Knicks associate head coach Johnnie Bryant, as his ‘big brother‘. Quickley called him as soon as he got the news.“You know what it takes, you’re built for this,” said Bryant, but expected him to understand it’s a ‘business’. When the Kentucky University alum entered the meeting room, he could ” feel the emotion in the room. The vibe was heavy. Everybody’s face was just so dejected like somebody had died.”

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However, not all is lost for the young talent and new prospects are on the horizon.

Quickley’s performances for the Raptors so far

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So far since the acquisition, the Raptors have won three games and lost three games. Recently, the Raptors had back-to-back losses at the hands of both the teams from Los Angeles, first the Lakers and then the Clippers. The loss against the Lakers came despite a great effort from the entire Toronto roster.

Quickley has had four 20-point games with his new team, averaging about 19.2 points a game with around 6.2 assists a game and 4.7 rebounds. With time, those numbers are bound to increase. What do you think of Quickley’s performances so far?

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Akashdeep Banerjee

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Akashdeep Banerjee is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. After Graduating in Journalism and Mass Communication he forayed into visual Media. A fan of the NBA for the better part of a decade.
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